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cherish_1Cherish is this 2016’s Birthday Painting.  This artwork consists of two canvases  15 inches by 60 inches in length.  Cherish,  was released by The Association  in 1966,  the same year I graduated from High School.  My four high school years were divided, with my freshman and sophomore years in a very small Wisconsin town that we move to in 1962.  I then  spent my Junior and  Senior years at a smaller Catholic High School, when we moved again, to a much bigger small Wisconsin town.

What that means is that all through my High School years I was kind of an outsider, not quit fitting into a normal teenager’s life. I do remember this song for its theme of unrequited love. Being a teenager in new towns, with only a few good friends, the emotions that came from listening to the music of The Association,  and The Four Seasons was felt and lived.

Looking back, I think I  should have enjoyed those times a lot more. I should have realized that I was fairly naïve about the art of  dating, and it certainly showed, and that is was all about the learning, and all about asking girls out,  and slowly figuring out step by step what the game of love was all about.  But I did not, quite get that right, during those times.

” …I was so much older than, I younger than that now,”  (The Byrds My Back Pages, 1964).